This online session for foster carers and practitioners exploring how to keep primary aged children safe and resilient when using new technology and digital applications during this unprecedented lockdown period and as we move into the 'new normal'.
We also consider the intense pressures on families at the present time which has made us all more dependent on technology for work, school and social connection. We need to think about how rules might apply differently in the context of this high dependency whilst also making sure we keep our children safe and healthy. This session will support foster carers and social workers with the challenges of children increasingly video calling each other, viewing and creating content, live streaming and gaming. The trainer will provide the foundations for sensible, ethical and balanced guidance on how to navigate these pressures, whilst also acknowledging how the internet provides a world of opportunity and positive benefit for children in care especially when they currently feel isolated.
This session will:
- Explore the internet and new technologies in order to learn what children are doing now, what technology and apps they are using and taking a closer look at what is currently popular for this age group.
- Offer some practical advice and resources to help your children stay safe and healthy online.
- Clarify the key principles of effective education and support to influence children and young people to make good choices.
This course is delivered by our Associate Trainer Helen King who was the founding Head of Education and then the Head of Communications at the National Crime Agency’s CEOP command. Helen was one of the founding members of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety and a lead on the Home Office working group for safety. Since then, Helen has worked developing Communications strategies for a range of agencies including the NCA and the Home Office and helped to develop AI solutions to help young people stay in control of explicit images.